A non-dependant generally is a grown up Son or Daughter, Friend or Relative that lives within your household.
If you have a non-dependant adult, living in your household, your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support could be subject to a non-dependant deduction, dependent upon their income, age, and your disability status. This is because it is assumed that the non-dependant will contribute towards your rent, rates and/or Council Tax.
No Non-Dependant Deductions
There will be no non-dependant deduction where the claimant is:
- Registered blind or has recently regained their sight
- Receiving the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) - at any rate
- Receives Attendance Allowance - at any rate
When a deduction is made
- One non-dependant deduction will be applied per non-dependant (or non-dependant couple) in your household.
- For non-dependants in remunerative work, the level of deduction is based on their Gross earnings rather than their NET earnings.
- The lowest deduction will be applied for any non-dependant NOT in work, regardless of their income from state benefits or private pensions.
Non-dependants with no deduction
- A non-dependant aged under 18
- A non-dependant in receipt of Pension Credits (either kind)
- A non-dependant aged under 25 receiving a passported benefit (excluding 'main phase' ESA)
- A Youth Trainee
- A non-dependant in prison or similar detention
- A non-dependant who has been in hospital for 52 weeks or more
- A temporary resident or visitor
- A full time student (during a period of study)
- A full time student (during a vacation period providing they are not in remunerative work during this period of time)
For any non-dependant in work, a deduction will be applied to your Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support dependent upon the level of their Gross income.